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Capita Selecta - Human Rights Law


This course has a dual purpose. On the one hand it aims to explore topics that are in the forefront of human rights discourse or constitute emerging themes that deserve more attention than could be provided in the other courses. On the other hand the course allows for flexibility in that the students can identify their preference for a particular topic. Depending on the size of the group, more than one topic may be identified, and students may then follow a specialized track about their preferred topic. As a consequence the subject matter of this course may change over the years.
In recent years the following topics were covered: -“tech” and human rights
-refugee and migration law
-theory and practice of social and economic rights

  • international humanitarian law
    -sexual orientation law in a comparative perspective

*Students gain profound knowledge and understanding regarding the topics covered;
*students can articulate and discuss the main debates and latest developments regarding the topics covered;
*students can assess and evaluate how these debates and developments may play out in concrete legal cases.

Mode of instruction

  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10 Lectures/seminars of 2 hours each

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. Rick Lawson and guest lecturers (t.b.c.)

  • Required preparation by students: read the compulsory course materials; participation in class, prepare questions and cases; prepare individual and/or group presentations; find and analyze additional materials to prepare for such assignments.

Assessment method

Assessment method(s) may differ from one track to the other. The specific methods will be announced once the topics and the teachers are known.

Reading List

  • YES, on Brightspace

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: T.b.a

  • Contact information: Prof. Rick Lawson, Leiden University, Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law
    Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Room number B123
    Tel. +31 71 527 5054


Institute: Public law
Administration advanced masters: BIO
Mrs. Mahshid Alizadeh (LL.M.):

Disclaimer: This course description has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the evolving nature of the Covid 19 pandemic and possible changes in lockdown regulations, however, all information contained within this course description is subject to change up to 1 September 2021. Since it is uncertain how the Covid 19 pandemic will develop after 1 September 2021, further changes to the course description may be unavoidable. However, these can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be notified to all students in a timely manner and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2021 may only be done with the approval of the Faculty Board.